Sir Bradley Wiggins hits out at Lance Armstrong in wake of doping confession

Last Updated: 25/01/13 8:01am

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Bradley Wiggins battles Lance Armstrong at the 2009 Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins battles Lance Armstrong at the 2009 Tour de France

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Sir Bradley Wiggins admits he has no sympathy for Lance Armstrong in the wake of last week's doping confessions.

Wiggins said he wasn't planning to watch Armstrong's emotional interview with Oprah Winfrey but ended up tuning in and believes the American deserves everything he gets in the future.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year but claimed he did not dope on his return to the race in 2009, when Wiggins finished fourth - he was promoted to third when the Texan's results were expunged.

Evidence in the United States Anti-Doping Agency report which resulted in his downfall made suggestions to the contrary and Wiggins admitted his anger over that situation as well.

"I said I wasn't going to watch it - I was determined not to watch," Wiggins said. "Then I got home and I watched it.

"I never had the opportunity to race with him in his prime and then raced with him through those years when he came back and I was fourth in the Tour and he was third.

Wiggins: Sad and angry at Armstrong

"Part of me didn't want to watch it, the fan in me didn't want that perception of him to be broken as this amazing athlete.

"Then I had to watch it - I watched it with my seven-year-old son - so those initial questions, the yes, no answers, just watching him suddenly cave in after all those years of lying so convincingly - it was a lot of anger, a lot of sadness and slightly emotional. It was difficult to watch. My wife couldn't watch it, she walked out of the room.

"It was heartbreaking in some respects for the sport, but then the anger kicks in...the natural things that most people were thinking when they watched it. It's very difficult and then I have to explain to my son what it's all about.

"There was this element of being quite smug about the whole thing to be honest. Then I got quite 'you deserve everything you get' about it.

"In that hour and a half of watching the whole thing, the up and down of the emotions and by the end it was 'you deserve everything you get now' and feeling no sympathy whatsoever behind all the welling up and the tears.

"What upset me the most was about 2009/10 - I thought you lying (expletive).

"I can still remember going toe to toe with him and watching the man I saw on the top of Verbiers in 2009 to the man I saw on the top of Ventoux a week later when we were in doping control together. It wasn't the same bike rider.

"You only have to watch the videos of how the guy was riding. I don't believe anything that comes out of his mouth anymore."

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